Aquacats plunge in Splash Meet 2020

Bay City Aquacat divers make the plunge during Splash Meet 2020 at the Valient Pool Saturday, June 20.
Photo by Chris Boudreaux


"Trustees give BCISD employees 4% raise; criticize stadium delay" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved giving district employees a 4 percent raise as part of the 2020-2021 school year budget and held an intense discussion on construction projects during their regular meeting June 15.
   The approved pay increase will bring the total budget to just over $45.7 million for the school year.
   Board members Bob Klepac, Eddie Nelson, James Scardami, Trent Tinnin, and John DeWitt were present while trustees Jerry Manning and Frankie Cole were absent.
   All trustees weighed in on the salary increase as they addressed their concerns with COVID-19 affecting next year and how to be “fiscally responsible.”
   “I know there’s some sentiment about funding from the state and staying fiscally responsible,” said Trustee James Scardami.
   “I know the cost of living increase is usually between 2 and 3 percent,” he added.


"iSnapper: App designed to supplement catch data" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Happy snapper season, y’all! Hopefully you have been able to enjoy some gulf fishing…I mean out on the water sounds like a good way to social distance. 
   If you have been a fisher of snapper long enough, then maybe you have heard of the iSnapper app you can download (for free!) on your smart phone. 
   This app was designed to supplement catch data for snapper. 
   Since there are so many commercial and recreational fishermen, the information provided from non-research fishing trips is invaluable and would be almost impossible to get without something like iSnapper. While catch data is an important part of helping manage the snapper fishery, the app also collects other parameters that would otherwise be difficult to obtain including discard rates and depths fished. 
   So why is it important to know this information and collect the data? 
   Unfortunately, many folks think that by entering in their catch it will somehow shorten the season. 


Aquacat workout

Jasmine Boudreaux watches as the Bay City Aquacat swimmers begin practice last week. Boudreaux is the head coach of the Aquacats this year - she swam with them for the past 7-8 years and is back home from college at UTPB (NCAA Division 2) where she is a swimmer.
Aquacats photo/Chris Boudreaux


Student at BCHS summer camp tests positive for COVID

   Bay City ISD has received notice that a student who attended the summer athletic camp at Bay City High School on June 8-June 10 has tested positive for COVID-19. 
   In accordance with state and national guidance, any person who attended the camp should self-monitor for signs of symptoms of COVID-19 during the next 14 days and should self-isolate in order to prevent transmission of the virus.
   The athletic camp will be closed effective immediately until further notice to allow the deep cleaning and sanitizing of the athletic facilities.
   Impacted students and employees will be notified.
   Please know that the safety of BCISD students and staff is our absolute top priority. 
   As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we encourage you to follow all public guidelines, including proper hand washing and social distancing.


Tidehaven Sports Awards

Boys Sports MVPs:
   Football: Mason Perales
   Cross Country: Dillon Long
   Boys Basketball: Austin Smith
   Boys Powerlifting:  Jerry Johnson
   Baseball: Joey Kacer
   Boys Track:  Kylan Sardinea
   Girls Sports MVPs:
   Volleyball: Cassidy Tabares 
   Cross Country: Ariel Snyder
   Girls Basketball: Jahan Johnson
   Girls Powerlifting: Carla Moreno, Desirea Vega
   Softball:   Jolie Philyaw, Jennifer Sepulveda
   Girls Track: Taylor Young
   Special Awards:
   Boys Overall Athlete:  Blake Garcia
   Boys TJ Foster Fighting Heart Award: Joey   
   Boys Academic Athlete: Joey Kacer
   Girls Overall Athlete: Zoe Winkenwerder
   Girls Fighting Heart Award: Lily Kacer
   Girls Academic Athlete:  Zoe Winkenwerder


Riverside open for campers

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Taking part in the Riverside Park opening Monday, June 1, were, from left, Martina Paniagua (Park Specialist), Shawna Burkhart (City Manager), Mayor Robert Nelson, Shawn Blackburn (Parks and Recreation Director), Robert Carlisle (Park Ranger), Jason Kapsar (Park Specialist).

   After two years and 9 months, Riverside Park is now open to campers following a ribbon-cutting Monday, June 1.
   The park had been closed following flooding and damages from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey – that left the park buried deep in silt and sand - and the renovation and construction that followed.
   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Kelly Penewitt mentioned there were already 15 reservations made for the new spots.
   “We upgraded the Colorado Cove Campground with new utility pedestals, fire rings, parking pads, recycled plastic picnic tables, and sewer hookups,” she said in a press release.
   “The pedestals are designed to withstand floods. Other upgrades include blacktopping the roads, a new swing set, washer/dryers, and the boat ramp is ready for use.”  
   All the park buildings received a new roof and coat of paint and the ranger station was completely renovated.  


"Chandi Jones to coach Ladycat basketball" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring former Bay City High School star Chandi Jones to coach the Bay City Ladycat Basketball Team during their special meeting, May 28.
   Jones had stellar careers at BCHS and the University of Houston. 
   Her Hall of Fame honors include both her high school and college.
   “I look forward to sitting down with Jones and welcoming her to the team,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “I’ve heard great things about this Basketball Hall of Famer. 
   “Congratulations to coach Trahan as well for bringing Blackcats back to the district and building up Blackcat nation.”
   New Athletic Director Warren Trahan recently said he would bring back Blackcat excitement.
   Chandi Jones is a 2000 BCHS graduate – the same Bay City class as new Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones.


RJ Mitchell inks with Mount Marty

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Standout Blackcat running back RJ Mitchell signed his letter of commitment with Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, in an outdoor ceremony at Bay City High School Wednesday, May 27. Taking part in the ceremony with RJ (center) was his father, Rodney Mitchell (seated left), and (standing from left) Coach Bryan Hood, Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones and RJ’s mother, Mary Williams.


"City pools announce opening" By Kelly Penewitt Parks & Recreation Supervisor

   We will open for the 2020 Swim Season Tuesday, June 2.  
   Pool operations for the 2020 summer season are limited. 
   Hilliard Pool will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon – 7 p.m.; Valiant (16th) Pool will be open Friday from 12 noon – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   We will shut down every two (2) hours to clean and sanitize the facility. The number of swimmers is limited. Floats and are floaties are not allowed. 
   Cost: $1 per child 17 & under and $2 per adult 18 & older.  
   Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
   Lap Swim will be Tuesday – Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Valiant Pool.  
   Lap swim is $1/day or a monthly pass can be purchased for $10/month.  
   We have partnered with CivicRec to make buying a lap swim pass or season pass an ease.  


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